I'm part of a group show consisting of international artists in Antwerp, Belgium. The show opens next Saturday, August 6. This is a selection of some of my coffee drawings that are in the exhibit, I'll also be showing some paintings. Here is the info for anyone reading this that is able to attend.
August 6 (opening 6pm) - September 17
Other participating artists:
Ana Albero (Spain)
Ana Carucci (Argentina)
Aidan Koch (U.S.)
Henning Wagenbreth (Germany)
Jack Teagle (UK)
New 2 (Australia)
Olivier Schrauwen (Belgium)
Paul Paetzel (Germany)
Romy Blümel (Germany)
Sainte Machine (France)
Till Hafenbrak (Germany)
Coyote smuggler, cover for The Village Voice, John Dixon - AD
These are 11 of my images from the past year that were selected for the 3 x 3 Illustration Annual. The book will be published later this year. Thanks to all the art directors involved in these projects.
Guantanamo, Harvard Law Review, Ronn Campisi - AD
"Farewell to Grace", BLAB!, Monte Beauchamp - AD
Chike and the River, Random House, John Gall - AD
"Santa Muerte", Foreign Policy magazine, Bryan Erickson - AD
China vs. Google, Newsweek cover, Adolfo Valle - AD
"Prosecuting British Petroleum", The New York Times, Aviva Michaelov - AD
Human Rights, New York Times Book Review, Nicholas Blechman - AD
"The Oath", a film, The New Yorker, Jordan Awan - AD
The China Trap, The Atlantic Monthly, Jason Treat - AD
Earth Hour for The World Wildlife Fund, Leo Burnett Agency
Last night I saw a documentary film titled "Wasteland", one of the best I've seen in a while. It documents the making of a series of photographs by Vik Muñiz, the Brazilian contemporary photographer. The film delves into the lives of garbage pickers/recyclers in one of the world's largest dumps, outside of Rio de Janeiro. Most of Muñiz's work consists of making assemblages or drawings out of found objects and photographing them. The photographs are printed large scale. In this case, he wanted to make photos of the people that work at the dump, sell them at a contemporary auction, and bring back the money to help the people by creating a learning center for themseleves and their kids, and by helping them establish an association that would allow them fight for their rights.
Between the sales of the photographs and jury prizes the film has garnered, they brought in around $250,000 for the people there. The workers were involved in the fabrication of their own portraits, which were about 40 feet long. The junk was laid out all over the floor and photographed from above. Many of them had worked at the dump for years, but the experience of making art allowed some of the workers to realize that they were able to do other things with their lives. The documentary was produced by Fernando Meirelles, the director of "City of God". It's now available on DVD, Netflix, etc.
These are the kinds of people and situations I grew up around in Cuba and in junkyards in Miami, so the film had an impact on me. Muñiz grew up in these types of situations as well. In some parts of the film, he realizes that he too could have easily been caught up in this world. As he grew up, he grabbed on to small opportunities and moved forward. It was nice to see him give the same glimpses of possibilities to people and to see what they did with them. Above and below are some clips and some of the work.